ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS
The Allegany Arts Council is proud to support two successful A&E Districts in the cities of Cumberland and Frostburg. Strong partnerships with Frostburg State University, Allegany College of Maryland, the Allegany County Public School System, the Allegany County Library System, the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, the Cumberland Downtown Development Commission, Frostburg First and many other community partners help ensure that quality arts and cultural programming is available to the entire community throughout the year.
An A&E District can be defined as "...a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of the city in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities serve as an anchor attraction."
At their core, A&E Districts are really all about community revitalization, economic development, and experiencing the arts.
In the state of Maryland, there are relocation incentives to help artists and art-related businesses settle within a designated District. For more information click here (Artist Relocation).
The City of Cumberland's A&E District was established in 2002, was expanded to almost twice its original size in 2007, and was officially re-designated for another ten year period in 2012. The A&E District in Cumberland is co-managed by the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
The A&E District in the City of Frostburg was designated in 2009. The Frostburg A&E District is generating great excitement, and its positive economic impact is already benefiting the local community. The A&E District in Frostburg is cooperatively-managed by the Allegany Arts Council, the City of Frostburg, and the Historic Frostburg Main Street Program.